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Originally posted by cmdrkeenkid
The astronauts will be in a certain amount of danger no matter what, patches or no patches. They know what they're doing, and the dangers involved. You should commend them for their selflessness.
And they need the shuttle to take supplies up to the ISS, do repairs on it, and continue building it. The Soyuz modules just arn't enough. Would you rather have them risk losing billions of dollars?
Nonetheless, NASA continues to aim for a May or June liftoff of Discovery and, in fact, contends it has dealt with all 10 remaining return-to-flight recommendations put forth by the Columbia accident investigators.